Mini-me or Minime is a miniature street artist from Melbourne whose work is usually seen locally, experienced on street art tours or viewed on Instagram (findminime).
There are different miniature street artists in the world, perhaps the best-known being British artist Slinkachu. Minime however is unique in that the viewer is empowered to be the artist, reversing the street art paradigm.
Mini-me is ephemeral street art found in city and country landscapes. Tiny figures are placed temporarily with street art, nature or infrastructure to create stories about architecture, justice, sustainability or heritage. The setting is photographed for Instagram or other media.
Mini-me are distributed free to human ‘Big-me’s,’ including children, to create life stories. The Big-me provide Mini-me with a home and adventure. Mini-me is their travel companion, providing life-long potential for self-expression. Up to two thousand Mini-me are travelling our planet with their Big-me partners, creating stories about the worlds they visit.
Minime are tiny survivors in a big scary world. Our art reduces their world to a manageable size just as we all do in real life.
Refuge: Mini-me symbolise the lost and vulnerable people of our world, rescued into a safe and exciting life with their big protectors.
Respect: Respect for the humanity and dignity of every individual no matter how small in social status is the foundation of a free and fair society.
Sustainability: One ephemeral Mini-me can be re-used thousands of times without damaging the heritage architecture of our lanes and buildings.
Originally created for use on miniature railway sets, as the tiny ‘public’: i.e the little pedestrians and commuters on the trains, buildings or streets. Made in Asia, they are a stereotypical view of what westerners looked like in the 1940s-50s. They represent a cultural view of a world from the past.
Mini-me’s, therefore, are immigrant time travellers from the 1950s to the 2000’s and are bewildered by the world that they find. Fortunately, big kindly protectors are here to help.
Our era has so many anxieties, so many challenges. Couldn’t we all use a little help from a kind giant now and then?
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